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Ladakh Diaries Part 9: Lamayuru

Lamayuru is one of the most ancient monasteries in Ladakh, the oldest surviving structure dating to the 11 th century CE. What makes this monastery particularly fascinating, is its location, amidst what is today called the “moonscape”, for the spectacular natural rock formations, which truly are “out of the world”! As per legend , there once existed a huge lake in this area, populated only by the Nagas (serpents). It was prophesized that there would be a great monastery built here. This prophecy came true when the great acharya Naropa (756-1041 CE) arrived. He emptied the lake, meditated for many years inside a cave, and built the first monastery here. The present structure is a new one, built around the cave where Acharya Naropa is said to have meditated. This legend seems to fit well with the geological formations seen in the area, which suggest this was a paleo-lake, which disappeared around 1000 years ago. Lamayuru is about 130 km from Leh , and the Indus River flows along th

Skywatch Friday - Kudle Beach, Gokarna

Gokarna has many beaches, each one looking more beautiful than the other. All are small ones and the smallest among them gets its name from the very fact - Kudle beach (the word Kudle comes from the local word for 'small'). The beach is surrounded by hillocks, and the view from the top is stunning...



To the left is Om Beach, and to the right is the main Gokarna Beach. Separating them are the mountains... or hillocks. To get to either beach, one has no choice other than take the long road around the hills or climb over them!



In fact, to get to both, Kudle, as well as Om Beach, one has to climb down the hill!! Vehicles only reach the road atop the hill, and then there are steps cut into the rock, which help us get to the beach. 



Kudle Beach was empty when we visited, since it was off season. We were told that during the peak season, there wouldnt be space to sit there! We, however, had all the time, and the space, and simply sat by the shore as Samhith happily collected shells! 

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  1. Nice article..every tourist know only Om beach which is always crowded.. I this would be a great place to relax and have fun on beach. Thanks for sharing..

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    1. Thank you, Ramnath. But even Om beach was empty while we were there. its mostly packed during the season, which is what we heard... and in any case, that is why i chose to go during off season. u cant see a place at its best, but u at least get to see it in peace!

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  2. The top two pictures with their green and blue look so alluring.

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    1. Thanks Mridula! they are truly beautiful, even more than they seem in my pics! it was great going there, but i wish i can go again.... and if u get a chance, do go there.

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  3. Beautiful beach photos! Looks so serene.

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    1. Thanks Pradeepa. It really was serene... since it was monsoon and the crowds were away!!

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  4. Nice shots. It is a lovely trek over the hills from one beach to another.

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    1. Thanks Niranjan.. unfortunately, I couldnt do the climb... maybe another time

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  5. Really a beautiful beach! I see so much of greenery around which makes it more inviting!

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    1. Yes, Renuka. There is so much of greenery around, which just makes these beaches so much more alluring!

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  6. Beautiful pictures Anu, beach looks so tempting without the crowd and with the greenery around. :)

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    1. Thanka so much, Neelima. It is so good to see you here after so long... and yes, the greenery and the lack of crowd was certainly the best part of it! so glad I went at such a time!

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  7. Beutiful Kundle! Western Coast has hundreds of beaches remaining where not many people go.

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    1. True PNS. but this is one of those beaches where apparently there is no place to stand during the peak season. It was like this only because it was afternoon, in the monsoon, and we were the only souls there.

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